This holiday season, if you come across a winter market where you live, stop in and support the small businesses in your area – it’s inspiring to meet the entrepreneurs and to learn about their specialties.
Last weekend, I visited the Village Winter Market in Bedford, New York – a two-day event featuring more than 15-local vendors selling everything from ceramic, glass and wooden wares for the home to beautiful handmade jewelry and festive holiday decorations. The holiday fair was the first of its kind and launches a series of seasonal markets where entrepreneurs can gather together and share their products and expertise.
Enjoy these photos.
The town of Bedford, where I live, encompasses the small hamlets of Katonah, Bedford Hills, and Bedford Village. Bedford was founded in 1680 when a group of New England Puritans purchased the parcel of land from Chief Katonah and other Native Americans with fur coats, blankets, and cloth. I’ve been here for many years and love the small town feel, rich history, and close proximity to New York City. Over the weekend, I was happy to visit the two-day Village Winter Market on Court Road. The fair was held in an old farmhouse usually occupied by three businesses, but opened up to a group of vendors for the weekend show.
This outdoor tent also housed additional vendors and was decorated with holiday wreaths and trees.
My neighbor, Andy Yu, on the right, invited me to the market. Andy is a very talented clothing designer and was selling some of his items at the fair. On the left is my friend, Gary Nardilla. Gary was my television cameraman and director of photography for many years.
Here are some of the sport coats Andy designed. Follow Andy on Instagram @49andrewyu.
The market was well organized and signs directed visitors where to go.
Brett Cameron owns La Maison Fête, a full service event design company specializing in celebrations of all kinds – private events, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. For this holiday Market, the house was divided into separate rooms for vendors. In the foreground, Brett showed many of her products for sale – candles, matches, napkins, books, and more. The house is where her business is located all year long. Her Instagram handle is @lamaisonfete.
Here is another view of La Maison Fête’s table – filled with items for entertaining.
Another business is oHHo, a hemp extract shop, which specializes in CBD products – oils, balms and creams, chocolates, sours, and more. Follow on Instagram @weareohho.
oHHo’s location is also permanently at 13 Court Road, where the event was held. This shelf displays oHHo’s Dream Cream, a soothing hand and body cream of organically grown full spectrum CBD, fragrant bergamot, neroli, citrus fruits, and lavender.
Here is the oHHo mini truck featuring their “Plants with Benefits” slogan.
Flying Coffee refers to the company’s fun take on “serving on the fly” – from their whimsical customized Vespa vehicles. Their coffee is single origin, single farm, and roasted onsite for customers. Flying Coffee also has a stationary shop inside 13 Court Road, where the fair was held. Flying Coffee can be followed on Instagram @flyingcoffeeusa.
The Village Winter Market had a DJ who filled the rooms with cheerful music.
Marcie McGoldrick and Silke Stoaddard are two very talented and creative Makers who worked with me at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for years. It was nice to see them at the Village Winter Market. Follow Marcie @marciemcgoldrick and Silkie @silkestoddard on Instagram.
Marcie hand makes porcelain mugs, crocks, and bowls. She brought many to sell in a variety of cheerful colors.
Marcie also makes jewelry. These are cameo pendant necklaces – some are set in silver and gold.
And here is Marcie’s collection of rings – all so beautifully and carefully made.
Silke displayed her handmade winter knit hats, Christmas ornaments, sachets, dolls, cards, wrapping papers, and more. Please follow her on Instagram @silkestoddard to see more of her handmade items.
Cabbage Hill Farm is a small farm in nearby Mt. Kisco, New York. They specialize in sustainable agriculture and aquaponics. They also sold many items at the Market including yarn and handmade knit goods. Their IG handle is @cabbagehillfarm.
At the Platform table, we saw many hand made bowls, containers, and spoons. Platform focuses on everything from American Colonial and Shaker furniture to Minimalist sculpture and Danish modern design. Follow @platformfaf.
Here’s Zach Hadlock, owner of Platform, widdling away next to his display table.
The Market was open from early morning until evening. It also extended its shop hours into the third day. It was a wonderful way to learn about the Makers in my area and pick out some holiday gifts for friends and family. And yes, I did buy a couple things and checked off names from my list…
That same day, I also hosted a lovely lunch at home for friends. Moises Fuentas, who helps me at my farm as a gardener and as sous chef, helped me prepare this wonderful meal – a garden salad with apples and dijon vinaigrette dressing, tomato soup with a drizzle of crème fraîche, and fettuccini limone served with a dollop of caviar.
For dessert, delicious brown butter shortbread cookies. A perfect meal after a good and successful time shopping and supporting my community’s small businesses. I hope you get the opportunity to “shop local” this holiday season.